16 July 2015
About 5,000 people came to the parish of Calderón, in northern Quito to attend the inauguration of the country’s most modern teaching hospital of the same name, the second modern hospital to be inaugurated this year, in 30 years there has not been such works.
President Rafael Correa and the Minister of Public Health, Carina Vance, toured the facilities of the center of the second level, with 150 beds for hospitalization and 48 emergency stretchers while a crowd awaited for the opening ceremony.
The result of the so-called waste of money of the Citizen Revolution
Among the audience were many people of humble origins including young people and professionals who highly value the government policies in this field. In the past eight years the investment has been 11,000 million at a rate of 1.375 million per year.
Minister Vance said, “This is the so-called waste of money of the Citizen Revolution. (…) What should have been done a long time ago “and said the government hopes that this is a revolution of healthy people.
Amid cries of “Re-election, reelection !, President Correa took the microphone to explain firsthand the “difficult times” being experienced by the country due to a combination of factors, mainly due to the economic situation resulting from the lowering of oil prices and the appreciation of the dollar.
However, he criticized the opposition with their lack of “political culture” and their involvement in attempts to destabilize the government, even calling for a national strike on the 13th of August. “Do not be fooled” Correa said to the audience.
“Correa is not going, the Citizen Revolution will remain,” he said amid cheers. “In difficult times, all we have to watch our back,” he said.
No work has been stopped, no one has stopped receiving a salary
The Ecuadorian President dismissed criticism from elite groups opposed to the government and the measures taken or proposed laws like the redistribution of wealth (or Inheritance Act) and the Territorial Reorganization (or Capital Gains). He explained that the measures taken do not seek to guarantee revenue to the government, but are structural, with the aim of reducing the huge inequalities that still persist in Ecuador and the region.
He also questioned the fact that Latin America is the most unequal continent of the planet but it is proclaimed as “the most Catholic.”
Moreover, he commented that especially in Ecuador and despite the economic situation, “no work has been stopped and no retired has stopped receiving its pension,” though it has been necessary to postpone works due to investment issues and affect wealthy products imports.
“Health is not charity, it is a right, it is fair”
The head of state announced the construction of a new hospital with 500 beds in Guayaquil, Guayas’ capital, the largest in the country with more than 2 million inhabitants. “Health is not charity, it is a right, it is fair,” he affirmed.
He added that 606 citizens will work in this hospital built in Calderón for 73 million dollars, there will also be 21 areas of health for a 500,000 people population, including a trauma department that will allow dealing with accident cases in the Mariscal Sucre airport.
When concluding, Alberto Pilco, 90, told Andes that “this is how a president who loves his country works.”
Jorge Ilbai, a sweeper of the area, affirmed “this hospital is the best work for people living in the north, because there has never been works like this.”